Document Records - Vintage Blues and Jazz

Document Records
Tampa Red Vol 4 1930 - 1931

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Hokum Jug Band
Frankie 'Half-pint' Jaxon
Sweet Papa Tadpole
Tampa Red


Tampa Red
01 - You rascal you no. 2
02 - You rascal you no. 1

Sweet Papa Tadpole
03 - Have you ever been worried in mind - part 1
04 - Have you ever been worried in mind - part 2
05 - You baby can`t get enough
06 - Keep your yes ma`am clean

Tampa Red And His Hokum Jug Band
07 - You rascal you
08 - She can love so good

Tampa Red
09 - Bear cat`s kitten
10 - Unhappy blues
11 - Jealous hearted mama blues
12 - They call it boogie woogie
13 - Toogaloo blues
14 - Jinx doctor blues

Tampa Red "The Guitar Wizard"
15 - Boogie woogie dance (guitar solo)
16 - Bumble bee blues (guitar solo)

Tampa Red
17 - New strangers blues
18 - Georgia hound blues
19 - Things `bout coming my way
20 - Cotton seed blues
21 - Stop and listen blues
22 - Down in spirit blues
23 - Sad news blues
24 - Depression blues

Tampa Red, vocal, guitar.

Includes recordings by Sweet Papa Tadpole (possibly Walter Coleman) accompanied by Tampa Red on guitar.

With contributions by: Georgia Tom Dorsey, piano; Carl Reid, washboard Frankie “Half Pint” Jaxon, vocal.

Genres: Blues, Bottleneck-slide Guitar, Hokum Blues, Early Chicago Blues.

Informative booklet notes by Teddy Doering.
Detailed discography.

From this CDs booklet notes
Tampa Red had been a permanent resident of Chicago since 1925. The same is true for some of his colleagues, like Bumble Bee Slim or Big Bill Broonzy. Those were the people who created what I would like to call the First Chicago Blues. Common to them was an urban approach to the blues, a more sophisticated siyle. Their singing was less expressive, but full of subtleties. There was no "shouting" or "grumbling" in between the vocals. Their lyrics were less concerned with cows, mules, crops or other important things of country life, but rather dealt with attributes of the city. The use of the piano as an accompaniment to guitar playing is another characteristic trait. Thus Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell, though residents of Indianapolis, were able to appeal to the musical taste of urban blacks. And this also explains the success of the duo of Tampa Red and Georgia Tom in Chicago.

Tampa also enlarged his repertoire with songs not strictly taken from the blues field. Songs like Mama Don't Allow or "Corrine Corrina" were taken from folk sources. Another typical feature of the early City Blues is the adaption of material originally taken from the pop or jazz sphere (in the 1920s this was just about the same thing). So we can hear on this CD three versions of You Rascal You (also recorded by people like Louis Armstrong or Cab Calloway). The third version, where the duo is augmented by jug player Carl Reid (of Philipp's Louisville Jug Band) and, again, by Frankie Jaxon, is the best one, in a really exuberant mood, with new lyrics and a fine jug solo. This is jazz-influenced "hokum" at its best! They Call It Boogie Woogie has nothing to do with the musical form of that name, but it is another song in the "Tight Like That" vein, using the name, because it was fashionable at the time. Boogie Woogie Dance, on the other hand, must have been the first guitar boogie on record, performed with artistic fervor, a true masterpiece indeed. Finally, there is evidence that Tampa Red also wrote topical songs of the day. Sad News Blues and especially Depression Blues reflect political events that were going to affect the black community (and not only them).

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